The city police are yet to locate the official car of the inspector general of the ITBP, which was stolen from outside his residence in Noida on Wednesday. Police said that all specialised units, including special task force (STF), crime branch, intelligence wing, and the anti-terrorist squad have been alerted and asked to help the local police trace the car.
“All police stations and specialised police units are looking for the car. We have formed several teams who are visiting neighbouring states and cities in search of the missing vehicle,” said Kiran Sivakumar, senior superintendent of police, Gautam Budh Nagar.
The car, a Tata Safari SUV, was stolen from outside the Sector 23 residence of Anand Swaroop, the inspector general of ITBP, in the early hours of Tuesday. The car bore the registration number CH 01 GA 2915 and had a VIP hooter and beacon installed on it.
“While scanning the CCTV footage, we spotted two people stealing the car at about 3 am, but their faces are not clear. We are looking at footage from all CCTV cameras installed at the entry-exit points and are trying to figure out the thieves’ escape route,” said Anup Singh, circle officer 2, Noida.
The city police has rejected the possibility of the car being used by terrorists ahead of Republic Day celebrations.
“We are in touch with police from neighbouring states and cities. The car theft was discussed with the officers and details shared with them. Any similar looking car cannot escape the police checks,” Singh said.
Swaroop, a 1992-batch IPS officer, stays with his family at Sector 23, a gated society with private security guards deployed round-the-clock.
“The car was serviced on Monday and the service centre’s employees were also questioned. However, nothing concrete came out of the questioning,” said circle officer Singh.